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Mr Early Years

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!
Intervention Planning for Early Years.  Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.
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Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.

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This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children’s next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Diary of a Wombat planning  for 2 weeks Year 1 (KS1)
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Diary of a Wombat planning for 2 weeks Year 1 (KS1)

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Here I have 2 week’s planning (8 lessons) on Wombats for Year 1 English. The planning is non-fiction and fiction literacy. This planning has learning objectives, success criteria detailed descriptions for teacher input and what should be expected of the children based on 3 differentiated outcomes (high, middle and low). The planning focuses on researching Wombats through various means, group work, use of ICT, Fact writing and the creation of fact files. Theres the opportunity to branch off researching further Australian animals or simply Australia in general. Week 2 (4 lessons) is a follow up to the the previous weeks plan. The planning focuses on diary writing and past tense verbs. Please follow me or email me for more information!
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements
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Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

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Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more ‘personal’ report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!
EYFS : Continuous Provision Classroom Design with Intervention Pack FREE!
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EYFS : Continuous Provision Classroom Design with Intervention Pack FREE!

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Back to School! This resources tells you what you need for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on Continuous Provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to Reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed and setting -up. FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy FREE: An on-entry assessment for phonics FREE: An on-entry assessment for shape FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet for children to complete about themselves and their family. NOW INCLUDES THE INTERVENTION PACK FOR FREE!!! This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children’s next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Bug Hunt.  Forest School Outdoor Learning searching for bugs and insects outside.
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Bug Hunt. Forest School Outdoor Learning searching for bugs and insects outside.

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This resource will enable you to take your children on an effective bug hunt in the garden of your setting. This resource will enable you to explore four different avenues to bug hunting while teaching children about habitats, names of insects/minibeasts, management of personal safety as well as fostering the development of confidence, independence, team work and communication and language.
Year 1 Maths (Number): 3 Lesson Plans
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Year 1 Maths (Number): 3 Lesson Plans

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Here I have planned 3 lessons in Number for year 1 maths. The planning is detailed planning including learning objectives, success criteria, teacher input and differentiated independent activities/challenges. Furthermore, the planning is in WORD to enable you to easily edit it to suit your own class/school’s planning format. Resources are also included but where resources are from a third party (such as Twinkl), I have left a suggestion to simply download them to avoid copyright issues.
Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)
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Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)

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A letter to send home to parents for children chosen to take part in Forest School. This letter is in WORD format to enable you to edit easily. The letter informs the parents that a series of Forest School sessions are planned to take place and explains using clear simple language, what Forest School is. This letter also contains a permission slip for parents to authorize their child to take part.
Playdough Mats for Counting 1-5 (EYFS)
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Playdough Mats for Counting 1-5 (EYFS)

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5 simple playdough mats numbered 1-5. Designed for Nursery and Reception (EYFS). These mats are themes with apple trees and require the child to place X number of apples (playdough) on the tree. Each mat is designed to show the required number of apples in the pictorial form as well as displaying the numeral. Using these mats with playdough is an excellent method of teaching children about number and quantity through moving from concrete to visual and finally to numerical representation.
Set of printable Ten-Frames and numerals to 10 including activities.  Maths Interventions (EYFS)
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Set of printable Ten-Frames and numerals to 10 including activities. Maths Interventions (EYFS)

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A set of Ten-Frames including numerals to 10 to use in maths interventions. Suggested activities are included to work with children in the Reception class (EYFS). These Ten-Frames and numerals should be printed and laminated and can be used with counters or playdough. Ten-Frames are a fantastic way for children to understad the concept of number and quantity using concrete objects linked with numerical representation.
Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire
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Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire

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This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through having a fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-8 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making and is an ideal means to introduce fire to children. the fire making is in a Kelly Kettle (Storm Kettle) and the plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) in order to boil water for their own hot chocolate! I have found this to be one of the most enjoyable sessions taught outdoors but I recommend it only be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the chidlren. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions and feeds beautifully into cooking on an open fire, which should follow the following week as a means of extending and imbedding the learning.
Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet
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Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet

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A homework sheet for children to fill in the missing oo sound in words. a selection of oo as in book as well as oo as in moon have been included. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of CVC words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
ar phonics worksheet
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ar phonics worksheet

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A homework sheet for children to fill in the missing ar sound in words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of CVC words and beyond. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
Diary of a Wombat Lesson Plan Year 1 English for 1 week (non-fiction Wombats)
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Diary of a Wombat Lesson Plan Year 1 English for 1 week (non-fiction Wombats)

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Here I have a week’s planning (4 lessons) on Wombats for Year 1 English. The planning is non-fiction literacy and is a prelude to the following weeks planning which is fiction work actually based on the story. This planning has learning objectives, success criteria detailed descriptions for teacher input and what should be expected of the children based on 3 differentiated outcomes (high, middle and low). The planning focuses on researching Wombats through various means, group work, use of ICT, Fact writing and the creation of fact files. Theres the opportunity to branch off researching further Australian animals or simply Australia in general. Week 2 (Non fiction ‘The Diary of a Wombat’) will be uploaded to my TES store soon. This can be purchased seperatly or together with week 1 at a discounted price. Please follow me or email me for more information!
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities
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Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

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6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction
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Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction

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An introduction to gardening through a forest school ethos. This lesson plan contains games (warm up activities) to promote language, literacy and confidence. It contains challenges to promote resilience and confidence and an activity to develop an awareness and respect of/for nature. The lesson/activity is planned for around 2 hours.
Year 1 Maths Lesson Plans (Number) 13 Plans
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Year 1 Maths Lesson Plans (Number) 13 Plans

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Here I have planned 13 lessons in Number for year 1 maths. The planning is detailed planning including learning objectives, success criteria, teacher input and differentiated independent activities/challenges. Furthermore, the planning is in WORD to enable you to easily edit it to suit your own class/school’s planning format. Resources required from a third party (such as Twinkl) are suggested. I have left a suggestion to simply download them to avoid copyright issues. This is a bundle of 3 items which can be purchased separately for £2 each.
Digital Phonics Assessment Tracker
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Digital Phonics Assessment Tracker

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This Digital Phonics Assessment Tracker is designed for use with Letters and Sounds Phases 2-6. It is a digital file which opens on any tablet (for example iPad or Galaxy) with an installed pdf reader. Simply tap the screen to enter a ‘tick’ besides each phoneme/ word/ sentence to signify that the child is secure in that area. The file is editable which not only allows the user to tick each box as the child demonstrates competence in the required task, but should a child regress and need further support then ticks can be undone. The document can easily be saved, emailed and recalled again and again to edit as the child’s knowledge and understanding develops throughout the term. There is no need to type up paper assessments to the school server anymore! With the Digital Phonics Assessment Tracker, workload is cut in half and the whole assessment procedure simplified! Watch the YouTube video or message me on Facebook for more information! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8b1DaOm0JI&t=41s
Outdoor Writing Challenge
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Outdoor Writing Challenge

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down its name… For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!
Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 2
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Outdoor Writing Challenge: Sheet 2

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down their name. There is guidance for letter formation included. For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!